Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are becoming an increasingly popular way for people to get around the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Unfortunately, with more Uber and Lyft drivers on the roads, accidents where passengers are injured or killed are increasing. If you were hurt in one of these crashes, you may wonder if you should negotiate with the driver and company on your own or hire an attorney to do this for you.
Three Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Go it Alone After an Uber Accident
It is rarely a good idea to try to negotiate a settlement on your own with a negligent driver and Uber and Lyft. Here’s why you will most likely receive a better settlement if you hire an experienced attorney:
- Changing regulations and laws. Because Uber and Lyft are fairly new business entities, the regulations and laws governing them are still developing. Currently, different cities in Texas have different regulations these ride-sharing services must follow, and the state legislature is considering laws to regulate them too. An experienced attorney will know the current local ordinances and Texas laws and how they can help your case.
- Drivers’ employment status. Uber and Lyft consider their employees independent contractors and not employees, and they may try to deny your claim or limit their responsibility for your injuries more quickly because of this.
- Complex insurance issues. Uber and Lyft require their drivers to carry their own automobile insurance. However, if drivers do not obtain commercial insurance policies, they may have no coverage for your injuries under a personal automobile insurance policy. While Uber and Lyft do carry $1 million in liability insurance coverage, they often try to limit their liability depending on whether the driver had his app off or on, whether he was driving a passenger, or whether he was waiting to pick someone up.
If you were hurt in an accident caused by an Uber or Lyft driver, our experienced legal team is here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Start an online chat to schedule a free consultation.